Over 250 Militants Including Highly Qualified Commanders Killed In 2018
Police says militant recruitment coming down alarmingly
Youth including MBA to PHD Scholars were among the hundreds of militants killed in Kashmir this year. Dr. Manan wani, Dr. Mohammad Rafi and Dr. Sabzar were among the highly educated.
This year saw the highest number of encounters and militant killings since last decade with over 250 militants dead.
Despite the killing of such huge number of militants in counter insurgency operations this year, the annual recruitment numbers are the highest in over a decade. As many as 164 youth have joined the militant ranks till October this year. Last year the number was 126, highest since 2010. Although, according to police officials, militant recruitment is experiencing a massive dip since last couple of months.
Militants A and A++ category top commanders who were killed this year included Abu Dujana, Abdullah Ghaznavi, Bashir Lashkari, Junaid Ahmed Qayoom Najar, Mehmood Bhai, Umar Khatab from Pakistan, killed at Hartar Sopore, Muzafar Ahmed Naiko alias Muza Molvi of Sopore killed at Gulzarpora Mohchu in Budgam, Abu Surag of Pakistan, Adil Ahmad Reshi of Bijbehara, Abid Ahmad Sheikh of Saktipora and Masood Ahmad Shah of Bewoora village killed in Awora Pahalgam, Abu Musaib of Pakistan killed at Parr Mohalla Hajin, Qari Anas and Abu Ali killed in Hadoora Ganderbal, Azaharuddin alias Ghazi Umar and Sajad Ahmed alias Babar killed in Amargarh Sopore, Mudasir Ahmad Tantray alias Asim of Redwani, Wakeel Ahmad Thokar of Harigam Kulgam, Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Chak Dasand and Younus Lone of Hawoora-Mishpora killed in Nagbal Frisal Kulgam, Mushtaq Ahmed Seer killed at Bandipora, Muhammad Shafi Sherguri and Jahangir Ahmed Ganaie killed at Padgampora, Ayoub Lelhari killed in Pulwama, Sabzar Ahmed killed at Saimou Tral and others.
Talking to Valley Media Service, a top police official said that the trademarks of new age militant recruitment like use of social media for recruiting youth have stopped working now. Also, the number of youth recruited per month has come down to single digits now.
“The militant recruitment is at its low right now and the militancy will start waning in the coming year. Moreover, the killing of top commanders in 2018 cut off the links between militant sympathizers and the recruiting youth,” he said.
There has been a steady rise in the number of youth taking up arms in the valley since 2014 onwards as compared to 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2010, 54 youth had joined the militancy while in 2011; the number came down to 23 and further dipped to 21 in 2012 and 6 in 2013. In 2014, the number shot up to 53 and in 2015, it reached 66 before touching the mark of 88 in 2016. (VMS).
Weapon Snatch Loot Foiled By Student, Snatches Gun From Miscreant
A student foiled loot attempt after he was attacked and threatened by a miscreant at gunpoint on Sunday near a petrol pump here in Shahdara.
Karan Chowdhary, who has been praised for his brave attempts, told ANI that he left for his institute at around 6 am on Sunday morning and stopped his bike midway to fill petrol. When he moved a few steps ahead from the petrol pump, he was attacked by a miscreant who asked for his motorcycle’s keys at gunpoint.
The CCTV footage showed that the incident took place around 6.30 am on December 30 and Karan did his best to thwart the loot attempts of made by the miscreant.
Elaborating about the incident, Karan stated to ANI: “He asked me to give him my bike keys but I refused to do so. I stepped down from my bike and rushed away from the spot to seek help from people presented at the petrol pump, they all refused to help me and went away from there and locked themselves in a room.”
“However, I fought with a miscreant all alone and snatched a pistol from his hands in order to save myself. After I snatched a pistol from him, he immediately ran away from the spot,” he added.
He further told that there were around three to four people and two of them were waiting for a man, who attacked him, on another side of the road.
As per the incident narrated by Karan, the miscreant attacked him with an intention of loot.
Rupee Gains 20 Paise To 69.75 Against Dollar In Opening Trade
The rupee appreciated 20 paise to 69.75 against the US currency in opening trade Monday amid weakening of the American unit and positive opening in the domestic equity market.
Forex traders said weakening of the US dollar against some currencies overseas aided the local unit.
Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the American currencies strength against a basket of six currencies was trading higher by 0.04 per cent at 96.44.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange, the rupee opened on a strong note at 69.76 against the US dollar, then appreciated further to 69.76 showing a rise of 20 paise over its previous closing.
On Friday, the rupee finished at an over one-week high of 69.95 against the US currency on strong dollar buying by banks and exporters amid the greenback’s weakness overseas.
Traders however said that significant foreign fund outflows and rising crude oil prices weighed on the domestic currency and capped the upmove.
Foreign funds sold shares worth Rs 119.60 crore from the capital markets on a net basis Friday, while domestic institutional investors bought shares worth Rs 1,199.40 crore, provisional data showed.
The global benchmark Brent crude was trading higher by 1.13 per cent at 53.81 per barrel.
Meanwhile, continuing its winning streak for a fourth straight session Monday, the BSE benchmark Sensex surged over 150 points as investors maintained their bullish stance in early trade on positive cues from other Asian bourses.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messengerof Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah the Exalted has said: ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (prayer or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him.
When I love him I become his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks (something) from Me, I give him, and if he asks My Protection (refuge), I protect him”.
Four Weapons Go Missing From Ex MLCs Official Residence In Srinagar Police Files Case, Launches Investigations
Four weapons have gone missing from a residence of former MLC Muzaffar Parray at Jawaharnagar area of Srinagar city in Central Kashmir.
Official sources told GNS that four AK-47 rifles have gone missing from the guard room of the former legislators official residence at J-37 Govt Quarters Jawaharnagar.
“We are investigating as to how these weapons went missing,” SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray told GNS.
Meanwhile, official sources told GNS that all the four policemen, three are from security wing and another from District Police Sopore posted at the MLCs residence have been summoned for questioned for questioning while the authorities have also ordered an enquiry to ascertain the incident.
Sources said that the former MLC is out of state since last one month.
JKBOSE Notification for Class 12th, Annual Regular 2018 Candidates
Class : 12th
Annual Regular 2018
This is notified for information of all the concerned candidates bearing the following Roll No’s pertaining to Higher Secondary Part-ll (Class 12th), Annual (Regular) – 2018 who are alleged to have resorted to use of unfair means/
Misconduct etc is afforded an opportunity to present themselves before the UFM committee on below mentioned dates for scrutiny/disposal of their cases, at 10:30 A.M in Board Office New Campus, Bernina, Srinagar, along with their admission cards (i.e. Roll No slips).
In case, any candidate fails to appear before the said committee on the scheduled date, his/her case/s shall be decided on the basis of the available records/evidence.
No further claim, on this account shall be entertained.
Teachers Assaulted By Sarpanch In J&K,Power Starts Speaking
Headmaster and a teacher of Government Middle School Hill Tak, Darhal, were allegedly assaulted by Sarpanch Upper Dadoch and his goons after the victims refused to forge date of birth of the accused in school record.
The injured Headmaster and the teacher were admitted at Darhal Hospital where doctors referred them to District Hospital Rajouri.
Police has detained the accused Sarpanch and some others.
Reports said that the accused Sarpanch, Mohd Afsar was pressuring the schools Headmaster and teacher to forge his date of birth from 07-03-1969 to 07-04-1984 in the school record. As the teacher refused to do the same, the accused Sarpanch threatened the former to face consequence and left the school premises.
Reportedly, even as the Headmaster telephonically informed the Darhal Police Station about intentions of the Sarpanch.
However, when the Headmaster along with teacher was on way to home, the accused Sarpanch and his goons assaulted them with stones and sticks.
Search Operation Underway In Jammu After Forces Exchange Fire With Militants At Army Station
Government forces have cordoned off area under police station Bari-Brahamana in Jammu division and search operation is underway to nab the suspected persons who opened fire at the 03 Brigade Officer Quarter Post during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
An official said that at about 0230 Hrs, two suspected persons fired on santary at Ratnuchak of 03 (i)Brigade Officer Quarter Post under the jurisdiction of Police station Bari-Brahamana.
“Santary retaliated fire on suspected persons. Reportedly one suspect got injured.
Area has been cordoned off and search operation is going on in the area,” he said.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “When a Muslim, or a believer, washes his face (in the course of Wudu’), every sin which he committed with his eyes, will be washed away from his face with water, or with the last drop of water; when he washes his hands,
every sin which is committed by his hands will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin his feet committed will be washed away with the water,
or with the last drop of water; until he finally emerges cleansed of all his sins.” [Muslim].
Incriminating Material, Arms And Ammunition Recovered From Pulwama Gunfight Site: J&K Police
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday issued the following statement after four militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces in Hanjan village of Pulwama district.
“Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Hanjan Payeen area of District Pulwama, a cordon and search operation was launched today morning jointly by Police and security forces in the area.
As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight.
In the ensuing encounter, militants were neutralized and the bodies were recovered from the site of encounter. Their identities and affiliations are being ascertained
Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.
Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.”
Abu Ayyub (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who observes As-Saum (the fasts) in the month of Ramadan, and also observes As-Saum for six days in the month of Shawwal, it is as if he has observed As-Saum for the whole year.”
Snowfall Compensation: District Administration Bandipora Approves Rs 4.62 Cr Compensation For Affected Farmers
The District administration Bandipora has approved Rs 4.62 crore compensation for the damages caused to the orchards and farms due to snowfall in November this year.
The orchardists and farmers suffered huge losses in the early November snowfall due to heavy damage to the crop as well as trees.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said Rs 2.82 crore will be disbursed among orchardists as compensation for the fruits damaged during snowfall while Rs 1.80 crore will be disbursed among farmers for crop damage.
He said the departments of Horticulture and Agriculture has already identified the beneficiaries and the amount will be directly transferred in the accounts of the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). He said 70 percent of the process has been completed and the compensation will be disbursed at the earliest.
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner reviewed the progress of the disbursement of compensation to the orchardists. The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Reyaz Ahmad Beigh , Tehsildar Headquarters Mubashir Saleem Nazki, Chief Horticulture Officer, Chief Agriculture Officer and other senior officers of the district.
The officials informed the meeting that the list of the beneficiaries has been prepared and the amount will be transferred soon after the department gets the account numbers of all the beneficiaries.
Dr Choudhary directed the officials to expedite the process and disburse the amount at the earliest.
1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Case: Sajjan Kumar Likely To Surrender Before Court On 31 December
Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar is likely to surrender before a court here on December 31 to serve the life imprisonment awarded to him by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
“We will comply with the high court’s judgment,” his counsel Anil Kumar Sharma told PTI.
The counsel said Kumar’s appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the high court verdict is not likely to be taken up for hearing before December 31.
The 73-year-old former Congress leader was sentenced to life for the “remainder of his natural life” by the Delhi High Court on December 17 in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
The case relates to killing of five Sikhs in Raj Nagar part-I area in Palam Colony in South West Delhi on November 1-2, 1984 and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar part II. Riots had broken out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards.
The high court had on December 21 rejected Kumar’s plea seeking extension till January 30 to surrender.
The former Congress leader had sought more time to surrender, saying he had to settle the family affairs related to his children and property and also needs time to file appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court verdict.
Sharma said they have removed the objections in their appeal filed in the apex court but since the court was on vacation till January 1, it was not likely to be taken up for hearing by December 31 and also the chances of mentioning for urgent listing of the appeal was not there.
The Supreme Court will open on January 2 after the winter break.
“We have removed the objections and the appeal in the apex court has been numbered. Presently, there are no benches in the Supreme Court. Even if we mention the matter for urgent hearing, the registrar will decide whether it will be heard by the bench. No time is left now,” Kumar’s counsel said.
He said they are yet to engage a senior counsel who would represent Kumar before the apex court.
The former Congress leader had on December 22 approached the Supreme Court challenging the high court’s judgment.
Senior advocate H S Phoolka, who is representing the riots victims, had earlier said that they had already filed a caveat in the apex court to pre-empt any ex-parte hearing in favour of Kumar.
The high court had set aside the trial court’s 2010 verdict which had acquitted Kumar in the case. The six accused, including Kumar who was a Member of Parliament at that time, were sent to be tried in 2010.
The high court had also upheld the conviction and varying sentences awarded by the trial court to the other five — former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar.
All six, including Kumar, were directed by the high court to surrender by December 31, and not leave Delhi in the mean time.
After 28 Years Coldest Night Of Such Nature Recorded In Kashmir Valley
Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season as the city shivered at minus 7.6 degree Celsius, the Met Office said on Thursday.
After December 7, 1990, when the minimum temperature had dropped to minus 8.8 degree Celsius, the city recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 7.6 degree, breaking the December 31, 2007 record of minus 7.2 degree, an official of the Met department said.
Water taps, lakes, ponds and other water bodies were frozen in and around Srinagar in the morning.
Pahalgam recorded minus 8.3 degree Celsius, and the minimum temperature in Gulmarg was minus 9 degree Celsius. Leh recorded minus 8.4 degree and it was minus 16.2 degree in Kargil.
Drass was the coldest town in Jammu and Kashmir at minus 20.6 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in the town on Wednesday was minus 8 degree Celsius.
Jammu recorded 4.3 degrees, Katra 3.7 degrees, Batote minus 2.2 degree, Bannihal minus 3.5 degree and Bhaderwah minus 2.5 degree as the night’s lowest temperature.
Kashmir To Receive Light Snow, Rain In Higher Reaches In Next 24 Hours
As per forecast by State’s Meteorological Department (MeT), the J&K state will receive light snow and rains in its higher reaches.
The MeT department has predicted mainly Dry weather in subsequent two days. For next week the weather in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will remain largely day with some isolated showers in the higher reaches of the state.
Temperate in Srinagar for tomorrow will be around 09 degrees Celsius to minus 02 degrees while in Jammu and Leh it will be around 19 to 05 degrees Celsius for Jammu and 03 to minus 10 for Leh, MeT department told Valley Media Service.
There is no weather warning for next five days from MeT department.
Srinagar Shivers At Minus 6.7 As Cold Wave Intensifies, Water Supply Lines Freeze
Kashmir’s capital city Srinagar on Wednesday recorded a night temperature of minus 6.7 degrees celsius while the extreme cold weather conditions show no signs of abating.
The intense cold wave has led to freezing of fringes of the Dal Lake, and residential water supply lines.
MeT officials in Srinagar informed Kashmir Reader that Gulmarg recorded the temperature of minus 9.4 degrees celsius making it the coldest place across valley in Wednesday.
Qazigund the gateway town to the Valley recorded a low of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag registered a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius. The night temperature in Pahalgam in southern Kashmir settled at a low of minus 7.9 degrees Celsius.
Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.4 degrees Celsius down from minus 5.2 degrees Celsius on previous night, he said.
The officials said Leh recorded a low of minus 17.1 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night down from minus 14.7 degrees Celsius.
Kargil recorded minus 14.4 while Drass continued to endure arctic conditions, recording a low of minus 21.1 degrees Celsius.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “May his nose soil with dust in whose presence mention is made of me and he does not supplicate for me.” [At-Tirmidhi].